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Home > Arhiva > 2020 > Numar: 1 > Independenţa financiară a victimelor violenţei în familie aflate în centrele rezidenţiale din România. Studiu naţional

 Independenţa financiară a victimelor violenţei în familie aflate în centrele rezidenţiale din România. Studiu naţional [Financial Independence of Domestic Violence Victims from Residential Centres in Romania. A National Study]

  • Alina-Violeta Bordas-Mohorea (Adventist Development and Relief Agency – ADRA Romania, Emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, 85 Pache Protopopescu Ave, 2nd District, Bucharest, Romania, E-mail:
  • Emanuel Adrian Sârbu (Department of Baptist Theology, University of Bucharest, Berzei Street, no. 29, 1st District, Bucharest; Head of Department, Dept. for the Relation with the Civil Society and other Social Actors, The General Directorate of Social Assistance of Bucharest Municipality, Foişorului Street no. 56-58, 3rd District, Bucharest; Founder Member, Association of Suicidology, Bucharest, E-mail:

The study aims to investigate financial abuse experienced by victims of domestic violence from residential centers, beneficiaries of the specialized services/ activities within the centers; an analysis has also been made regarding their employability, the difficulties they face while searching for/ keeping a job, the profile of a financially independent (former) victim, as well as the benefits of a creative workshop during the accommodation period. Responses from 48 surveyed experts were added to the perspective of domestic violence victims, as it resulted from the three focus groups organized. Results pointed to the fact that, out of 581 adult victims, only 125 had their own means of constant or occasional financial support. Most victims identified economic abuse, and the main manifestations of it, as indicated by our subjects, are: the victim’s prohibition to have a job (imposed by the abuser); the abuser is spending their money on addictions (alcohol, tobacco); workplace sabotage. To ensure their minimum subsistence wage, beneficiaries of residential centers consider they would need 1,600 RON/ month (the estimate was made in 2017), which was a challenge for most of them, considering their poor professional training. After they leave the residential center, the victims of domestic violence are still far from being financially independent and in need for further support from a multidisciplinary team.

Keywords: domestic violence, victim (of domestic violence), financial/ economic abuse, financial independence, specialized services/ activities in centers